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Mark Haykowsky is a Professor and Endowed Research Chair in Aging and Quality of Life in the Faculty of Nursing, College of Health Sciences at the University of Alberta. Prof. Haykowsky’s internationally recognized research program examines the biological mechanisms underpinning the decline in cardiovascular health and fitness across the healthy aging and heart failure continuum, and the role of lifestyle interventions to improve cardiovascular and skeletal muscle function, and quality of life. A second research area is in the Cardio-Oncology field with specific focus on the role of exercise rehabilitation training to prevent cardiovascular toxicity across the breast cancer survivorship continuum. A final research area is in sport cardiology with a primary focus on cardiac remodeling and mechanics in athletes.
A La Gerche
Prof. Dr. La Gerche is Head, Clinical Research Domain at Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute and Cardiologist at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. André completed a PhD at St Vincent’s / University of Melbourne and 4 years of post-doctoral research at the University Hospital of Leuven, Belgium. His research and clinical work focuses on the effect of exercise on the human heart. He studies the range of health from severe heart and lung disease to elite athletes. André leads a young team of researchers in the Sports Cardiology lab which focuses on defining the physiological limits of cardiac function in health and disease. He has pioneered novel imaging techniques including exercise cardiac magnetic resonance imaging and contrast echocardiography. He has more than 150 peer-review publications and text-book chapters and is regularly invited to present at all major international cardiology conferences.
Dr. Verwerft is a cardiologist at Hartcentrum Hasselt (Jessa Hospital). His clinical and research activities are focused on the evaluation and management of heart failure patients using advanced cardiac imaging techniques. Jan is a pioneer in the field of exercise echocardiography with simultaneous ergospirometry with regular participation at major cardiology conferences.